Many thanks to border union,my stewards,and especially all the ess exhibitors who came to allow me to assess their dogs,thanks to kay for the photos. My contract with the k.c. and border union was to judge ess on 20th june 2015. Not to judge on either previous wins or reputations,neither to take into consideration who bred or handled but to assess dogs purely on the day. I found a lot of things that pleased,the front angulation on most dogs was generally better than they were the last time i judged,this is maybe due to the introduction of more bloodlines from abroad. On a negative note heads i am afraid have become very diverse, the most common fault i came across is the long,lean head type, forefaces that seem to go on forever with no break or work , combine this with the light eyes that have plagued the breed for a long time now and you have lost the springer head and expression completely. The lack of springer temprament influenced some of my placings in both the classes and the major awards. In males i was looking for total masculinity with style and that touch of arrogance. In bitches i like them to have strength and substance coupled with unmistakable femininity.i feel i found this in my main winners.

Junior - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st CALVDALE COSTA (MR & MRS M CALVERT)
Got things off to a good start,very stylish young dog,he is of good size,head is maturing nicely,masculine, his eyes are darkening,he is well angulated fore and aft,good bone for his frame,body is deep right through,tight feet . as always from this kennel presentation 1st class,he used the big ring moved with soundness and drive.promising young dog.
2nd RISELAWROAD NO DEAL (Ms C & Mr P BROUGH & WALKER)
Different type,head is strong and eyes need to darken. He has strong bone,well turned rear end,good tailset,he strode out well,he needs to deepen and fill out to see the best of him.

Novice - Dog Entries: 1 Absentees: 0
1st MOMPESSON WINCHESTER (MR R W & MRS F JACKSON)
Most definitely a male, Masculine head,eyes need to darken,he has a strong muscular neck,good upper arm to shoulder angulation.strong bone,good feet.Needs to deepen in loin. Gave his handler a hard time on the move ,but strode out well once he settled.

Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 3 Absentees: 0
1st MELVERLY MISSIONAIRE TO BETHRYN (MS K & MISS B HOLT)
Won this class witha bit to spare, Stacked he catches the eye, his head and eye are ok, Scores in body,well sprung ribs good topline, enough bone and good feet.I would like a bit more turn of stifle and his tailset is a bit high.he moved out well and soundly.
2nd ALANEA JUKE FOR CHERISHYM (MR P & MRS Y RICHARDSON & TERRY-RICHARDSON)
Head is ok,good neck,topline, A bit wide in front,needs to deepen in loin, Moved out ok,
3rd TRALAY BLACKJACK (MR J & MRS M N HAY)

Limit - Dog Entries: 10 Absentees: 1
This class gave me the classic headache of dogs that looked lovely stacked up but their movement let them down badly.
1st CARLYQUINN CAN'T WAIT JW SHCM (MRS H COKELL)
This dog is all male, He has masculinity stamped all over him. His head is of a good type,nothing long or lean, his eye is dark enough. His neck is strong and muscular, and is well set into a lovely front assembly,deep chest,good bone,feet.
His body is deep right through,his topline is excellent which is finished off with a glorious tailset which gives that proper springer look to his rearend, he has strong hindquarters. His height to length ratio gives an overall balanced look to him.
The big ring suited him, (if not his handler_lol).he was easily the best moving male here today. No short choppy strides here.he throws his front out in long straight strides driving from the rear. His side gait is unhurried,with both his head carriage and topline held as they should be. He was well handled and presented in good condition.
Very pleased to award him the CC.
2nd MELVERLY DESERT STRIKE OVER ACREGATE JW SHCM (MISS J TRACZ)
Initially this dog didnt really catch my eye,his markings dont do him any favours. But on going over him he is well built,has a good head and eye,nice spring of rib,enough bone,good feet, he appears slightly long to his height,maybe just his markings, he moved out well and soundly.
3rd BERESFORD SPECIAL DELIVERY (MRS T E TOPLISS)
Res CALVDALE ZERO TO HERO JW SHCM (MR & MRS M CALVERT)
VHC MEADOWDALE RIOT IS MADAZA (MISS S D LARGE)

Open - Dog Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st SH CH/IR SH CH MEADOWDALE CHAOS JW SHCM (MR S & MRS J EYEINGTON)
The first thing that hits you about this dog is his absolutely correct upper arm to shoulder angulation.
He does look good stacked. His head is masculine,his eye if i am being picky could be slightly darker but not much,there is work in his head.His neck sits perfectly into that wonderful front assembly,he has a good topline, deep body,today his loin area looked well filled,well sprung ribs,good tailset . His rearend is wide and well turned,lovely bone and feet. In all a cracking dog. Unfortunately he was unsettled today,backing off me as i started my close assessment .on the move he was sound but lacked the style and animation i was looking for,as i stated it is all about look AND performance on the day. Quality dog who was well worthy of ResCC.
2nd SH CH PEASBLOSSOM JESTER (MR & MRS D MITCHELL)
Very striking glamorous dog. I must admit tri"s dont always do it for me,this dog is as good a tri as i have judged.
His head has enough masculinity,his eyes are dark which makes his expression good. He neck is strong and muscular,good front assembly . His body is deep right through, with good spring of rib. His topline is good ,rearend is well turned,with short hocks. Tight feet. He moved out well and soundly in the big ring. Close between 1st and 2nd,i just prefered the overall type of the winner.
3rd SH CH MEADOWDALE ALABAMA SLAMMER AT ACREGATE SHCM (MISS J TRACZ)
Res SWE/DAN CH SANQUE'S CUT TO THE CHASE (IMP SWE) (MRS T E TOPLISS)
VHC NORD/FI/NO/SE CH ADAMANT'S FORTUNE IS FUTURE [ATC AR02008FIN] (MRS K JENKINSON)

Puppy - Bitch Entries: 5 Absentees: 0
Nice to have some puppies to assess.
1st EASTRIDING LADY MILLION (AI) (MRS K JENKINSON)
Very raw young bitch ,i liked her overall shape, Nice sweet head with lovely dark eyes (very nice to see on a puppy)
Good angles ,topline,just enough substance for her age. Once she settled moved out nicely. Best puppy.
2nd CALVDALE ABSOLUTE ZERO (MR & MRS M CALVERT)
Much improved since i last saw her,stacked she has a lovely overall shape, she is not a small or lightly built puppy ,good angles fore and aft. deep body,good bone. her head and expression needs to come on. eyes need to darken. On the move has an obvious roll over her body,hopfully this will improve with maturity.
3rd ARROWBIEN STORY TIME AT TWIZELTREE (MR C R STOKES)
Res CALVDALE MALEFICENT OF ESSCROFT (MR P & MRS K DRINKALL)
VHC BORDACITY HONEY RYDER (MS S WATSON)

Junior - Bitch Entries: 8 Absentees: 0
1st FLAMING WHIRLWIND OF MEADOWDALE (MR S & MRS J EYEINGTON)
Looking down this lineup this bitch was so much more mature than all the rest. She has a good overall shape,lovely angulation fore and aft,deep body,enough bone and substance,nice neck and topline. Balanced head,her eyes need to darken down a bit.she was in 1st class coat and condition.moved out well.could not be denied first place on her overall look and maturity.
2nd PEASBLOSSOM ORIANNA (MRS B GANARIN)
This bitch is at that inbetween stage. Just out of puppy . Her head is at the moment her crowning glory,feminine,with good work,deep and balanced,her eye is dark and emphasises her lovely expression. Neck is strong and arched,good topline,good body,spring of rib,if a touch overweight. Moved out soundly with confidence
3rd HOLLIVERA'S VERONA WITH EASTRIDING (IMP SWE) (MRS K JENKINSON)
Res ARCADIA AUTAUGA (MS L GREGORY)
VHC LOCHBRIDE MERCY ME (MRS J & MISS D LAUCHLAN)

Novice - Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st FLAMING WHIRLWIND OF MEADOWDALE (MR S & MRS J EYEINGTON)
2nd HOLLIVERA'S VERONA WITH EASTRIDING (IMP SWE) (MRS K JENKINSON)
Mature looking young bitch,nicely balanced, Nice head, deep body,nice neck into level topline, enough bone,good feet,presented well, moved out steady.
3rd ARCADIA AUTAUGA (MS L GREGORY)
Res MOMPESSON WORDS (MR R W & MRS F JACKSON)
VHC BORDACITY HONEY RYDER (MS S WATSON)

Post Graduate - Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 0
1st CALVDALE DUTY CALLS (MRS T E TOPLISS)
Lovely overall balanced look to this bitch, Feminine head dark eyes,soft expression. Scores in body proportions. She is deep all through,good bone,level topline. Strong neck,enough angulation fore and aft. Strong rearend. Moved out soundly and with animation.
2nd TRIMERE TA DAH ( MRS A HILL)
Obvious different type of bitch. Racy in shape,she has good angles both fore and aft, Nice bone and feet. Needs to deepen in loin area. Her head not quite my type. Moved out well.
3rd MELVERLY MISDEMEANOUR FOR POTRAIL (MRS H & MR S MACLEAY)
Res CHERISHYM CHARA (MR P & MRS Y RICHARDSON & TERRY-RICHARDSON)
VHC CHETRUDA ROYAL PAGENT (MR & MRS C G TAIN)

Limit - Bitch Entries: 5 Absentees: 1
1st DONARDEN MADAME BUTTERFLY (MISS N CAMERON)
In my intro i said i was looking for bitches with strength and substance and importantly femininity. This young bitch ticked all these boxes. Stacked she looks great, definately a bitch. Her head is feminine,with break and work, her eyes are nice and dark if slightly rounder than almond shaped, Strong muscular neck which again sits well into a lovely front assembly. She scores highly in her deep body with well sprung ribs. Stacked she has a lovely run from neck into her topline, Her rearend is both wide and well turned, good tailset. Well boned without any loss of femininity, good feet. She has ring presence . On the move she is sound and has great harmony with her handler. Her movement is straight and unhurried,her head carriage and topline are also held correctly. presented in hard condition and lovely bloom.very pleased to award her CC and BOB.
2nd TRIMERE TERESA GREEN (MISS S J CORBETT)
complimented the winner in a lot of areas. She has the strength and substance i like, Again definately a bitch. Her head is where i found myself faulting her,just a bit strong for me,her tri markings are dark and dominate her expression. She has lovely angles fore and aft,lovely bone and feet. Strong muscular neck running into a lovely topline. Deep body,well sprung ribs,excellent rearend. Moved out soundly ,presented in lovely condition
3rd TRIMERE TWIST OF FATE AT BETHRYN (MS K & MISS B HOLT)
Res CHERISHYM CELANEO (MR P & MRS Y RICHARDSON & TERRY-RICHARDSON)

Open - Bitch Entries: 6 Absentees: 1
1st SH CH PEASBLOSSOM MOONSTRUCK (MR & MRS D MITCHELL)
As someone mentioned earlier,the b/ws are in a good place in the breed right now. This bitch is very much a top quality example. Stacked her overall appearance oozes type and femininity. She has strength and substance. Her head is really feminine the dark eyes that b/ws generally have gives her a soft melting expression. Her neck flows into a lovely front assembly ,deep chest, her body is deep with well sprung ribs,she has a lovely top and bottom line giving that look of real substance. Her rearend is both wide and nicely turned with a good tailset. Her bone is clean and straight.her feet are tight and nicely round. Presentation again was 1st class. Her movment was sound but again she didnt show the animation and freedom in her movement that i was looking for.these things can and do happen .her overall quality and type gave me the pleasure to award her ResCC.
2nd CRO CH TRIMERE TOUGH COOKIE (MISS S J CORBETT)
As a puppy i really admired this bitch. She still has many things to admire but a year or two on i feel she has grown but not deepened yet to compensate for her growth. Stacked she looks impressive. A lovely balanced outline if just that bit racy in her undercarriage. Her head is probably a bit strong for me. But from there onwards she has lovely strong muscular neck. Great angulation fore and aft,deep chest,lovely bone ,feet. Great topline,wide muscular rearend with lovely a turn. She moved out soundly and with style and ring presence.
3rd MOMPESSON ROYAL DANCER (MR R W & MRS F JACKSON)
Res TRIMERE TOTAL ECLIPSE OVER SARABANDE SHCM (MRS C A WORTH)
VHC DEXBENELLA ELUZIVE DREAM (MRS J & MISS D LAUCHLAN)

Veteran - Bitch Entries: 2 Absentees: 0
1st CHERISHYM BRIGHT STAR JW (MR P & MRS Y RICHARDSON & TERRY-RICHARDSON)
This bitch was in very hard condition nice head and eye, Good size and overall shape. Moved the best of both in this class Best veteran.
2nd TRALAY TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS (MR J & MRS M N
Strongly built bitch in hard condition. Carrying too much weight.head ok nice dark eye